Thursday, January 08, 2009
Silver Tree Launches 2009 Campaign in Fort Lauderdale Saturday
Peter Vegso’s Florida homebred Silver Tree has posted career earnings of more than $1.75 million for trainer Bill Mott, and the durable chestnut horse by Hennessy will begin another season at age 9 Saturday as one of the favorites in a full field of 12 older horses drawn for the $100,000 Fort Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Robby Albarado is named to ride Silver Tree in the 1 1/16 miles turf test over a course where he has posted a career record of 8-4-2-1, including a memorable runner-up effort behind Miesque’s Approval in the 2006 edition of the Sunshine Millions Turf with Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey riding the last race of his career, prior to an exhibition at Santa Anita last fall.
Ol Memorial Stable and C.E. Glasscock’s Buffalo Man will get plenty of support in the Fort Lauderdale with Eibar Coa aboard and breaking from the rail. Trained by Cam Gambolati, the son of El Prado won the Appleton Handicap (G3) here last winter in his only previous start over the Gulfstream turf course.
Buffalo Man won the Spectacular Bid Stakes sprinting on the main track here early in his 3-year-old season, but found his best stride last year in turf stakes after the Appleton score. The Canadian-bred won the Red Bank Handicap (G3) at Monmouth in late August and finished third last out in the Knickerbocker Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct on Oct. 25.
Owner-trainer Amy Tarrant’s versatile 6-year-old Kiss the Kid comes into the Fort Lauderdale after capturing the Cliff Hanger Stakes (G3) on turf at Meadowlands last out on Oct. 10. Jockey Elvis Trujillo picks up the mount on the son of Lemon Drop Kid, who finished a game third behind Spring at Last in the Donn Handicap (G1) here last winter.
Completing the field for the Fort Lauderdale are Shadwell Stable’s Museeb, Quantum Racing Team’s Mambo Meister, Alphonso and Bethsheba Bowe’s A.P. Magic, Phipps Stable’s Pick Six, Joel Sainer’s Fair Weather Stan, Charles Fipke’s Society Chairman, J. Paul Reddam’s Wesley, Skychai Racing’s Cherokee Triangle and Kingfield Stable’s Buddy’s Humor.
John Perrotta’s Phil the Power was entered for ‘main-track only’ by trainer Joe Orseno.
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